You may know starRo as SOULECTION‘s jazziest and most talented producer and multi-instrumentalist. Hailing originally from Tokyo, Shinya Mizoguchi, better known simply as starRo, first came together with SOULECTION in LA in May 2013. Within two years, starRo and SOULECTION’s collaboration has skyrocketed, and he’s quickly become one of LA’s most promising musicians and live acts, known for mixing a number of different genres of the moment.
Before YETI brings starRo to FLY Hong Kong this coming December 11th, and into Arkham‘s Shanghai underground on December 12th for a very special live set, we had a chance to catch up with Shinya and get to know him for our latest CHIT CHAT series. We got a small glimpse into what makes a big musical talent tick – just in time for his December tour. Hear his thoughts on drizzy Drake, memes, xiaolongbaos, overrated footwear, Fuccbois, yetis in the basement, and more, below…
YOUR THOUGHTS ON:
Future + Classics, East + West, Yin + Yang ☯
Curator of the new culture.
Genius. I mean, who would think of putting soup in dumplings?
New Yeezy Boosts?
Over-priced Palladium Boots.
Still really undiscovered country in the electronic music community. I am so stoked to find out about the scene there.
Drake‘s Hotline Bling dance moves?
I found it keeps sticking around in my mind.
Best comedian of history.
Ramen, Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme.
拉面，好时Cookies n Creme巧克力
Fetty Wap‘s left eye?
I think it’s a charm.
Late night in LA is pretty dead.
I don’t have Sundays.
Getting song requests?
No thank you.
Cool and low-key dude.
Love + hate relationship.
He recently asked me if I can play at his wedding party. I asked him when. He says he does not know.
Best gig ever?
One in Toronto, Canada, was very memorable. It was in the middle of the hot ass summer but the AC system of the venue went down. Felt like it was 40 degrees in the entire venue with a thousand people, and a few people passed out and had to go to the hospital. It was madness but that heat made everybody free their mind and turn up like crazy. Kinda like when you are doing hot yoga or something. It was a kind of energy only seen under very specific conditions and it was amazing.
Your track of the moment?
Not the track, but I have been listening to Disclosure‘s new album on repeat.
What would you do if you found a yeti in your basement?
Scream like a girl.